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TUX DIYIKOTKS                             Af THI SOU, '                  101

** Who hai wealth F who has house and fortune P who has son and
says D&modaTj nought -will remain, seem?© in the world i it- is gone in n


The third piece> an encomium of the blooming Spring^ Is too simp!© to
require any translation £



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The <mly divinities who are now popularly commemorated at the Holi
Festival are Badh^ Krishna, and Bakr&ma ; but its connection with them
cam only be of modem date. The institution of the Ban-jatra and the
Ms-Ma, and all the local legends that they involve is (as has been already
stated) tssceable to one of the Bmd&-baa Gosains at the beginning of the ITth
century A. D» The facfc, ihoiigh studiously ignored by the Hindus of M&thnii,
is distinctly stated in the Btakt-mate, the work which they sdmit to be of
paramount authority on such matters. But the scenes that I have described
earry back the mind of the European spectator to a far earlier period and are
clearly relics, perhaps the most unchanged that exist in. any part of the would,.
of ihe primitive worship of'the powers of nature on- the return of Spring, Such
were tie old English. m©riy~niakings oa May Bay and, still more closely paral-
Seij iihe Phallic orgies of Imperial Borne as described by JuvenaL When I was
listening to the din of ihe village band at Batten, it appeared to be tha very
dspkted m th@ lines—
Plangebant alls prooeria tympana
Aut tereti tennis tinnitus sere ciebani i
Multis mucisonos efflabant eomua
Badiaimpe hombOi stridebmt